Pizza is one of the most popular foods around the globe! In fact, pizza can be found in almost every country in the world. However, the Italians are still the inventors of this much-loved delight.We’ve been topping flatbreads with tasty ingredients since the ancient Greeks. But, the term ‘pizza’ was coined near Rome or Naples (depending on who you trust) around 1000 AD. By the 18th century, this dish had become the cost-effective way of feeding the peasantry. The Italians also found a new fruit brought over from the New World. This is how the humble tomato made its way onto the traditional flatbread. Thank goodness it did – to form the pizza base we know and love today!
Although researchers claim pasta to be a Chinese invention that was brought to Italy by Marco Polo after his famous trip to the Middle Kingdom in the 13th century, there is no doubt that Italian cooks changed it to what we know as the nourishing and versatile food that we know.Pasta consists of flour, water, salt and sometimes egg (for egg noodles). Over the centuries Italians invented a myriad of shapes and sauces to enhance the basically bland taste of pasta.Pasta in Italy is always served in small portions (90 grams uncooked) after the first appetizer. Only recently, North American restaurateurs have started serving pasta as a main course, after discovering that expensive proteins like seafood, meat sauce, and blending them with bulky pasta can stretch bacon.